This is the story of Dick Larson (64) and his wife Jane Larson (63) written by their beloved daughter.
When I think of my dad and mom I think of the values they exhibited every day of their lives and passed on to me.
I’d like to share some of those with you:
They believed in family; they believed that hard work was as important as rest.
They believed that education should be a life long journey.
They believed that laughter should be spread freely and joyfully.
They believed that it is your responsibility to defend those weaker than yourself.
They believed that every small accomplishment or large milestone should be celebrated equally.
They believed that you should question anything that feels wrong.
They believed that meals were meant to be shared.
They believed in learning about others and listening to them.
They believed that it was a gift if you could pause for each unique sunset, they believed in love.
It is impossible to equate the character of my Dad and Mom with the reality of them being mercilessly and brutally gunned down on their own living room floor on March 8, 2001.
My son, Taelor Marks and his girlfriend Josie, were also murdered along with my parents. Their stories are on other tables at this breakfast.
As I walk this survivor’s journey, Families and Friends continues to be present with me wherever my pain and grief takes me. They are my voice when I am present or not. Families and Friends are like having a guardian angel – one that you can see!!!
In March 2009, it will be (8) years and the judicial aspects of this event are still unresolved, just as the reality of it is unresolved in my heart.
I have attended Families and Friends peer support group in King County. I have marched in their rally during National Crime Victims Rights Week in Olympia. My advocate has attended the dozens of hearings over the years whether I am there or not.
Though it is devastatingly lonely, I do not have to go through it alone. I’ve often asked “where would I be today if not for this wonderful organization.”